The Improv of Being Earnest

The Improv of Being Earnest

The UWE Drama Society have taken Oscar Wilde’s most famous play The Importance of Being Earnest and perform it with one small difference; the cast are made to improvise based on … 

Abominations

Abominations

Devised comedy production Abominations by theatre company Heretical Productions was a silly, funny, fast-paced adventure of science and creation. 

Amy Wright's Occupation

Amy Wright's Occupation

Amy Wright’s comedy show takes a light-hearted look at education by talking about her own life, from childhood to adulthood and choosing a career as a teacher (as well as a comed… 

Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

The Best of the Fest, which on this occasion was compèred by Lee Nelson, is a chance for Edinburgh-goers to get a taste of the top-rated acts in the festival. 

A-Z of Backpacking - Free

A-Z of Backpacking - Free

Jody Kamali is a comedian, a clown and based on his YouTube repertoire, an impressive character actor. 

Paul Gannon Aint Afraid Of No Ghost

Paul Gannon Aint Afraid Of No Ghost

If you, like me, are skeptical on the subject of the existence of ghosts, go and see Paul Gannon Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost. 

Morag and Keats

Morag and Keats

The hilariously subtitled ‘play noir’ indeed followed a traditional film noir plot of murder, sleuthing and sex, but with a fun, silly modern spin on it. 

Andrew Maxwell: Banana Kingdom

Andrew Maxwell: Banana Kingdom

Andrew Maxwell’s latest show is, to be expected, full of social commentary and political and global issues. 

Ta Daaa!

Ta Daaa!

Ta Daaa!, the magical clown duo from down under are in Edinburgh this summer performing their children’s show. 

Black Comedy

Black Comedy

As in all productions, Black Comedy starts with a blackout. 

Jamie Demetriou's People Day (and Special Guests)

Jamie Demetriou's People Day (and Special Guests)

Jamie Demetriou was in the Bristol Review last year at the Fringe and now returns to go solo in ‘Jamie Demetriou’s Peoples Day’, his new show in which he showcases just some … 

CountryBoy's Struggle

CountryBoy's Struggle

Maxwell Golden’s one-man show tells the story of Michael, aka Country Boy. 

Just

Just

Just follows Victoria, a regular passerby in a not so regular English town. 

Croft & Pearce Do It Like A Lady

Croft & Pearce Do It Like A Lady

Croft and Pearce’s sketch show was, I have to say, average. 

This Land: The Story of Woody Guthrie

This Land: The Story of Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was an Oklahoma folk musician, famous for his protest music and probably most famous for the song This Land Is Your Land. 

Tranquillity, Serenity, Calm

Tranquillity, Serenity, Calm

Tranquillity, Serenity, Calm explores conservative politics versus anarchy in a light-hearted manner, without ever choosing a side. 

Candida

Candida

Like many of George Bernard Shaw’s plays, Candida is an empowering piece for women. 

Bogan Bingo / Free Festival

Bogan Bingo / Free Festival

A Bogan is an Antipodean term for a somewhat uneducated, mullet-wearing, hard-rock loving man. 

Peaceful

Peaceful

Peaceful is a dark three-hander surrounding an séance at the house of Miss Ethel Charles in early 20th century England. 

Half a Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths

Half a Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths

Pop band related shows seem to be something of a trend nowadays. 

Pete Johansson - Utopian Crack Pipe

Pete Johansson - Utopian Crack Pipe

Johansson is master of the classic ‘making the audience think I’m just going off on a spontaneous tangent before the show proper starts but actually this is just my show’ man… 

Marat / Sade

Marat / Sade

Images traditionally conjured up of Marat/Sade (or to give it its full title: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Char… 

Cucu-rucu-cu in the French Alps

Cucu-rucu-cu in the French Alps

A warning to all of you out there who want to try your hand at story-telling comedy: please have a story. 

Rob Deering - The One

Rob Deering - The One

Rob Deering presents an exponentially better performance than the few silly guitar songs he delivered when I last saw him take to the stage. 

Salvi and the Box of Dreams

Salvi and the Box of Dreams

‘Come in! Come in!’ giggled a mischievous sprite-like creature as she showed us to our seat at the beginning of Salvi and the Box of Dreams. 

The School of Night

The School of Night

There was a rumour in the 16th century that it was not Shakespeare who wrote his plays, but rather a group of underground artistic intellectuals named The School of Night. 

Leads & Stern

Leads & Stern

Before the show begins, a photo of a beaming muscular black man can be seen onstage, surrounded by candles. 

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

I am becoming aware of a recent trend in the theatrical world, particularly in Shakespeare productions, namely manipulation and re-interpretation of gender. 

Crypted

Crypted

Centre-stage, there is a chalkboard. 

Hunt & Darton Cafe

Hunt & Darton Cafe

Hurrah! My days of reviewing theatre are over; I’m now a food critic! These were my thoughts en route to the new pop-up Hunt and Darton Café on St Mary’s Street.